‘Esoteric, modal and deep jazz from Prestige Records, 1961-73’
The tenth edition of our Spiritual Jazz series takes a closer look at the music Prestige was recording at the start of the 1960s. This was the period when the modal jazz sound pioneered by Miles and Coltrane was starting to percolate through the jazz underground.
In its heyday, Prestige was the only jazz label that could hold a candle to Blue Note. Prestige was always quick off the mark to record new artists, and in the years after Kind of Blue the label was quick to release some of the most innovative early explorers of the new style.
Founded as New Jazz in 1949 by 20-year old jazz fan and entrepreneur Bob Weinstock, Prestige was the only other imprint besides Blue Note to capture the iconic jazz sounds of the 1950s, and like its rival it grew to be an icon itself.
If Blue Note documented the sound of hard bop in its most carefully crafted and beautifully presented form, the low-key, jam-session approach that Weinstock preferred meant that the music captured by Prestige has a tough, unfiltered energy that was a lot closer to way it was being played live, night after night, by New York’s most prominent jazz musicians.
Featuring Afro-Eastern visions from Yusef Lateef and Ahmed Abdul-Malik, deep modal excursions from Mal Waldron and Walt Dickerson, and essential spiritual jazz grooves from Gary Bartz and Idris Muhammed, Spiritual Jazz vol. 10 documents the sound of modal jazz in full flight, unabashed and authentic from the pioneers!
A2 – Roy Haynes Dorian
A3 –Latin Jazz Quintet Rip A Dip
B1 –Roy Haynes Modette
B2 –Walt Dickerson Death & Taxes
B3 –Yusef Lateef Love Theme From Spartacus
C1 –Moondog Organ Rounds
C2 –Ahmed Abdul-Malik Summertime
C3 –Mal Waldron Warm Canto
D1 –Idris Muhammad Peace
D2 –Gary Bartz I've Known Rivers